assembly Bill A5580

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to violations of nondisclosure agreements in certain settlement agreements

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May 26, 2021 reported referred to rules
Feb 22, 2021 referred to judiciary

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A5580 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S738
Current Committee:
Assembly Rules
Law Section:
General Obligations Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §5-336, Gen Ob L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S4407
2017-2018: A11353, S550
2019-2020: A849, S1018, S5469, S5649

A5580 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits settlement agreements in any claim involving sexual harassment or any other form of discrimination prohibited by law from containing any condition that requires the complainant to pay the defendant liquidated damages in the event that the plaintiff violates any nondisclosure agreement included in such settlement agreement.

A5580 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5580
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             February 22, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by M. of A. ROZIC -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Judiciary
 
 AN ACT to amend the general obligations law, in relation  to  violations
   of nondisclosure agreements in certain settlement agreements
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section 1. Section 5-336 of the general obligations law, as amended by
 chapter 160 of the laws of 2019, is amended to read as follows:
   § 5-336. Nondisclosure agreements. 1. (a)  Notwithstanding  any  other
 law  to  the contrary, no employer, its officers or employees shall have
 the authority to include or agree to include in any  settlement,  agree-
 ment  or other resolution of any claim, the factual foundation for which
 involves discrimination, HARASSMENT, OR  RETALIATION,  in  violation  of
 laws  prohibiting discrimination, INCLUDING DISCRIMINATORY HARASSMENT OR
 RETALIATION, including but not limited to, article fifteen of the execu-
 tive law, any term or condition that would prevent the disclosure of the
 underlying facts and circumstances to the claim  or  action  unless  the
 condition of confidentiality is the complainant's preference.
   (b)  Any  such  term  or  condition must be provided in writing to all
 parties in plain English, and, if applicable, the  primary  language  of
 the complainant, and the complainant shall have UP TO twenty-one days to
 consider  such term or condition. If [after twenty-one days such term or
 condition] CONFIDENTIALITY is the complainant's preference, such prefer-
 ence shall be memorialized in an agreement signed by all parties. For  a
 period of at least seven days following the execution of such agreement,
 the  complainant  may  revoke the agreement, and the agreement shall not
 become effective or be enforceable  until  such  revocation  period  has
 expired.
   (c)  Any  such  term  or condition shall be void to the extent that it
 prohibits or otherwise restricts the complainant from:  (i)  initiating,
 testifying,  assisting, complying with a subpoena from, or participating
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.